Natural Remedies for Insect Bites

Ah, summer is here at last and so are the mosquitoes.  After a very rainy spring, they are out in full force. There are several precautions you can take to repel mosquitoes,like using a safe, non-toxic personal repellant, covering your arms and legs at dusk when the mosquitoes come out, avoid keeping standing water around in birdbaths or buckets, and placing certain aromatic plants like scentedgeraniums, marigolds or rosemary on your patio or deck or in your garden to help repel them.  But, even with these precautions, most of us will usually get bitten, and some people more than others.  I know I am a mosquito magnet – my husband says when he is with me, he never gets bitten!  So, what non-toxic relief can you get for those nasty, itchy, inflamed bites?  Lots!  Below is a list of common household products, which relieve itching and help to heal the bite.

·      Toothpaste (peppermint works best)

·      Salt – Moisten first then rub table salt on the area.

·      Apple Cider Vinegar

·      Witch Hazel - Make a paste out of witch hazel and baking soda. Or just  baking soda and water (works for bee stings too!)

·      Aloe relieves the itch and heals the wound.

·      Lemon is good when you just have to scratch.  Cut it in half and use the pulp side.  Helps reduce the chance of infection from scratching.

·      Deodorant – Rub on immediately after getting the bite.

·      Lavender, tea tree orneem base essential oil (just a drop) reduces inflammation and prevents infection.

·      Garlic salt and seasoning salt mixed with an equal amount of water.

·      Saliva

Each remedy works better for some people than others.  When you get your next bite, try some and let me know which remedies work for you. 

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Some informationcompiled from www.home-remedy.org and OrganicBody Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles.

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